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Networking question

I have a desktop running Win XP Pro with two NICs, one wireless, one wired. The wired NIC is plugged into a hub with a 169.x.x.x IP.

I have a laptop running Win 2K with two NICs, one wireless, one wired. The wired NIC is plugged into the aforementioned hub with a 169.x.x.x IP.

I want to map a drive from the desktop to the laptop and vice versa, but I want them to communicate only thru the hub. Right now, they communicate from the wireless NIC to the wired. I'd much rather connect at 100MBPS than 11. How do I do this?

I'm thinking I can just block the wireless IPs thru my firewall on each machine, but I'd rather not do that.
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Hmmmm, I map network drives, and I use windows xp pro with windows 2000 pro, too. Looking into it.
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Possibly take file and printer sharing out of the wirless connection, and put that and netbeui only in the wired one?
Works for me. (even though it's just all wired.)
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That would be the simple solution, except that I have yet another laptop that is only wireless, that I would like to be able to map to both.

I don't like anything easy.
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At least under XP Pro remove file & print sharing for the Local Area Connection that has the Wireless Networking adapter.
You should have 2 since your running two network cards.


2000 I'm not sure.
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That would be the simple solution, except that I have yet another laptop that is only wireless, that I would like to be able to map to both.

I don't like anything easy.
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how do you get your xp pro to network with you win 2k computers, because i cant get my laptop networked with my three other win 2k systems and it just wont work, i show up in the neighboor hood but obody can access me and i cant acess them . i can get the interenet connection(thanks to my router)
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I'm not sure. I just enabled internet connection sharing and away I went. Maybe they were in the same workgroup or something too...
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I hate to recommend it because I don't like them, but you will want to setup an LMHOSTS file. The reason I don't like recommending this is because it's a pain in the a...er...neck to maintian when you start doing it on any large scale. However, since you are only talking about 2 machines, you shouldn't have any problem - you simply just create it and never touch it again unless you change the IPs and/or names.

http://support.microsoft.com/default...EN-US;Q101927&

The above like tells you how to make one. You can also look, in your %windir%\system32\drivers\etc folder, at the LMHOSTS.SAM file which is simply a sample file.

Assuming that the IP addresses for the wireless cards are different than the IP addresses for the wired cards, this solution will work. You will want to create lines similar to the following:

169.xxx.xxx.xxx XPDESK #PRE
169.xxx.xxx.xxx 2KLAP #PRE

The above IPs should match what you have configured for the WIRED cards. The #PRE directive is vital as it will stick those entries into your NetBIOS cache and prevent your b0x0rs from doing a broadcast to resolve the name.

There is one caveat, however, and is that if you ever want to have those machines talk over the wireless cards, they will still be looking to the wired IP addresses to resolve the names. To get around this, simply clear your NetBIOS cache.

One way to do this would be to create a simple batch file called something like WIRELESS.BAT that renames your live LMHOSTS file to something like LMHOSTS.WIR and initiates a refresh via "NBTSTAT.EXE -R". Then make a WIRED.BAT that "re-renames" the LMHOSTS.WIR file back to LMHOSTS and initiates a refresh via "NBTSTAT.EXE -R". Note: The -R must be in caps as -r does something different with NBTSTAT.EXE.

This, in theory should work. I don't have any multihomed boxes sitting on the same subnet right now so I can't test it out. If it doesn't work, simply delete LMHOSTS files and the batch files that you created.

Let me know if this works for you. Ideally, you want to be using a router for this kind of thing, but that's a little overboard for a small home network of two machines.
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Somebody take the crackpipe away from me!

I forgot that in order to make this work, you will want the wired NICs and the wireless NICs to be on different IP subnets.

For example:

XP Wired NIC: 10.1.1.1/24
XP Wireless NIC: 10.1.2.1/24

2K Wired NIC: 10.1.1.2/24
2K Wireless NIC: 10.1.2.2/24

Also, if you don't want to mess with any of this stuff, simply check the option under the connection's properties in the Network Control Panel applet to show the icon in the taskbar when connected. When you want to transfer stuff across the wire, right-click the wireless NIC's icon on the machines and select Disable. Right-click and select Enable when you want to go wireless.

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how do you get your xp pro to network with you win 2k computers, because i cant get my laptop networked with my three other win 2k systems and it just wont work, i show up in the neighboor hood but obody can access me and i cant acess them . i can get the interenet connection(thanks to my router)
Try opening windows explorer and mapping a drive to \\machinename\c$

Another thing is the username passwords need to be synched if you are not on a nt domain. If all the administrator passwords are blank then you should be able to map to another computer using the above logged in as administrator.

BTW the fact that you have win XP/win 2K is a non factor in your connectivity issue.
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my friends cannot get xp to connect with 2k also, they went back to 2k
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I created the hosts files right after I posted the first message. I think that worked. But I setup an FTP server just in case. With Hummingbird FTP, it's just as good.
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